The Yeoman's House
- Reference Number
- Bignor, West Sussex
- 6/7 + cot
Dating from 1420, The Yeoman’s House, listed Grade II*, is a superb example of a medieval hall house, probably the best preserved building of its type remaining in England. Set in about an acre of garden in the downland village of Bignor, within the South Downs National Park, the house has been fully modernised inside by its present owners, whilst retaining many original features, including fine timberwork throughout, vaulted ceilings upstairs and some charmingly uneven floors.
Now available for holiday letting throughout the year, the house provides a wonderful base for exploring this beautiful part of southern England; there are lovely walks straight from the door up to Bignor Hill and opportunities for all manner of outdoor activities – mountain biking, horse riding, golf and fishing as well as horse racing and polo at Goodwood and Cowdray Park. The historic towns of Petworth (numerous antique shops and Petworth House) and Arundel (ancient 12th century castle and River Arun cruises) are both less than 10 miles away, while a little further to the south are the cathedral city of Chichester and the West Sussex coastline stretching from Chichester’s huge natural harbour (birdwatching, sailing, windsurfing and sandy beaches) across to Brighton, the south of England’s most vibrant seaside town.
Bignor itself is a tiny hamlet; within the parish are the remains of a Roman villa with well preserved mosaics. Nearest shops are in Petworth, Arundel or Pulborough, which also has a 75 minutes rail link to London, and there’s a good local pub 15 minutes’ walk away in the next-door village of Sutton.
What our guests say
Stunning Unique House
My sister and I stayed in The Yeoman's House over Easter weekend with our three young children and had a fabulous time. The house is large and spacious and has an incredible history. The kids had an absolutely fantastic time both inside the house and running around the huge garden. With an acre to explore and a trampoline to bounce on they were never bored. We played frisbee for hours in the back garden and had an Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday which we will never forget! The owners were very helpful, giving us lots of recommendations of local pubs and places of interest before we stayed. We went to a pub they recommended for lunch which was fantastic and took the kids to Singleton Open Air Museum where we got to visit another medieval house just like the Yeoman's but without the modernisation. It was fascinating. All in all it was a unique and special experience staying in such an old house with so much character and all mod cons that we thoroughly enjoyed.Guest's review on TripAdvisor, April 22, 2015.5 of 5 stars.
A really wonderful house beautifully adapted for 21st century living whilst retaining so much character. Loved the comfort of the master bedroom. Great stay. Amazing house. Perfect for walks.New Year guests, January 2015
Lovely walks and a lovely house.Various guests, 29 September 2014
Amazing house and great walks along the coast and nearby!Mabbut family, December 2012
We had an excellent time in this lovely old house with the wonderful garden in which the children played every evening.Albrecht family, Germany, August 2012
Super house, quiet and relaxing. Good location for exploring the area. Well equipped.Mr Jemmett and Mr Hutchinson, May 2012
Thank you so much for organising The Yeoman's House for us; it was exactly the way you had described it and we just loved our week there.Mr & Mrs Carder, May 2011
The Yeoman’s House is spacious, comfortable and well equipped, offering accommodation for up to seven guests in three bedrooms. The large garden around the house is a delight with attractive planting schemes conceived by the owner, who is herself a garden designer.
Entrance along a pathway from the parking area to the rear of the house. Large sitting room with huge inglenook (decorative feature only). Kitchen with electric ‘range’ cooker. Separate dining area leading out to the garden. Utility room. Downstairs w.c. Hallway/study area with oak stairs leading up to the first floor. 3 bedrooms: master bedroom with 5ft bed, en suite bathroom /w.c. (NB can also be accessed directly via a separate staircase from the dining area); middle bedroom with two single beds and a mezzanine/play/TV area platform above, accessed by a ladder (N.B. not suitable for children under 10), extra single folding bed also available; third bedroom with twin beds and wash basin. Shower room/w.c.
Large garden with flagstone terrace and extensive lawned areas bordered by mature, yew hedging. Separate orchard with swing and further very large play area for children with trampoline and football net. Well secured by padlocked iron grill at the top. Garden furniture and barbecue.
- Oil fired central heating, electricity, bed linen & towels included in rent
- Travel cot
- Colour TV Extra TV in middle bedroom
- WiFi available on pay-as-you-go basis
- Radio CD/player
- Auto washing machine
- Tumble dryer
- Two dishwashers
- American style fridge/freezer
- Driveway parking for 2 cars
- Shops 5 miles
- Pub 1 mile
- Sorry no pets
- Non-smokers only
- £100 refundable dilapidations deposit payable on booking
- Friday to Friday bookings